Mike Shields

Political Director at National Republican Congressional Committee

320 First Street SE, Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, United States
National Republican Congressional Committee
HQ Phone:
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Last Updated 6/7/2017

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Employment History

Chief of Staff  - Republican National Committee


Government and Politics , George Mason University


President  - American Action Network

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Mike Shields
Mike Shields Mike Shields serves as President of the American Action Network, bringing with him nearly two decades of policy and political experience. Prior to joining AAN in February 2015, Shields was Chief of Staff of the Republican National Committee (RNC) for two years. In this role, he oversaw the RNC's transformation following the Growth and Opportunity Report. Following a philosophy of "core competencies," Shields led the effort to have the RNC focus on being the premier conservative home for Data, Technology and grassroots campaigning. Shields served as Political Director at the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) in the 2012 cycle, and in various capacities at the NRCC previously, including director of the committee's Independent Expenditure unit during the historic 63-seat gain in the House of Representatives in 2010. Shields has a long track record of policy accomplishments, having served as Chief of Staff to Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA) from 2005 to 2008, at the U.S. Department of Labor under the Bush Administration, and in the late 1990s, as Communications Director for then House Speaker Newt Gingrich. When Gingrich left office in 1998, Shields joined Gingrich in the private sector, helping him set up Gingrich Communications. Shields studied Government and Politics at George Mason University. Born in the United States on a U.S. Air Force Base, Shields moved with this family to Great Britain in 1978 where he lived for 10 years.

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Republican National Committee (RNC) Organization 2013-14, Democracy in Action

Chief of Staff Mike Shields
( announced Feb. 26, 2013) Shields was most recently politcal director at the NRCC, announced Dec. 14, 2010; he served as NRCC director of independent expenditures from March 2010 after starting as director of special projects in Jan. 2009. Previously chief of staff to Rep.

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Reince Priebus Names Mike Shields as New RNC Chief of Staff
On Tuesday Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus named Mike Shields, currently the political director at the National Republican Congressional Committee, to serve as his new chief of staff, replacing the controversial Jeff Larson in that position. Priebus stated that "Mike brings a wealth of political experience with him to the RNC, having worked on the Hill and in the field, for national committees and at the state level. For his part, Shields emphasized his two decades of experience with the RNC. "I'm thrilled to return to the RNC, where I began my political career almost twenty years ago ," he said. Shields is not well known outside the tight world of Republican political operatives, but Reagan biographer Craig Shirley told Breitbart News "if Shields learned his trade from Gingrich, who learned his trade from Reagan, then this is a good hire by the RNC." Shields, however, brings little in the way of technology expertise to his new job. His entire career has been as a political operative and political staffer. A graduate of George Mason University, Shields worked at the RNC as an entry level staffer from 1994 to 1996. For the first six months of 1996 he was the communications director for the Virginia Republican Party. In July, 1966 he became communications director for the political office of then Speaker Newt Gingrich. From 1998 he worked for Gingrich at Gingrich Communications. In 2005 he became Chief of Staff for a Republican Congressman, and in 2009 he became director of special projects at the National Republican Congressional Committee. In 2012, as political director he headed up the NRCC's campaign division, which saw the Republican Party lose seven seats in the House of Representatives in the 113th Congress, down from the historic 240 seat majority delivered to it in the 112th Congress by the Tea Party in the tidal wave election of 2010. "The Growth and Opportunity Project will make its recommendations to the Committee in March," Priebus said, "and Mike will be well-suited to guide their implementation. Mr. Shields appointment as the new RNC chief of staff suggests he has Chairman Priebus' confidence he has the experience necessary to bridge the RNC's digital divide. The midterms in 2014 will give the first indication whether this confidence is justified. Filed under Featured, For America, Mitt Romney, Obama's Last Stand, Pointing out the obvious, Remove the radicals · Tagged with Breaking New Ground, Campaign Technology, Close Ties, Election Cycle, George Mason University, Jeff Larson, Mike Shields, National Committee Chairman, National Committees, National Republican Congressional Committee, Political Career, Political Director, Political Experience, Political Operatives, Reagan Biographer, Republican Congressional Committee, Republican Establishment, Republican National Committee, Rnc, Technology Expertise

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